2021 Annual Report

See our impact as we work to end homelessness.

A Community To Call Home

Vivian was one of the first tenants to move into East Clarke Place Senior Residence, VOA-Greater New York’s new building in the Bronx that provides safe and affordable permanent housing for low-income seniors, including those who were chronically homeless.

Originally from New York, Vivian moved out of state after a divorce. For fifteen years, she enjoyed a fulfilling career as a bank employee while raising her children and grandchildren.

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Maintaining Her Health Transformation

Leonia began life in foster care. Her mother, suffering from schizophrenia, was unable to care for her. At the age of four, she was taken in by an aunt who did everything she could to provide a loving and stable home.

But there were factors Leonia’s aunt could not control, like the hereditary aspect of mental illness and a susceptibility to substance use issues.

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The Value of Family

Just when Fabienne felt she was finally finding her footing, she lost her job and housing because of a health issue. She had been attending Kingsborough Community College and working two jobs, determined to create a better life for herself after moving to the U.S. from Chad. But without health insurance or family to turn to, she was forced to enter the shelter system.

As a young woman, Fabienne had been on the verge of graduating from journalism school when her father passed away suddenly, leaving her family penniless. To support them, she left school and moved to the U.S. on a Diversity Visa. Though she experienced many ups and downs, including periods of housing instability, Fabienne is a hard worker and managed to find jobs despite her limited English.

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